2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Nordstrom, one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, offers a selection of quality apparel, shoes, accessories and cosmetics for women, men and children. Nordstrom is committed to its founding philosophy of service, selection, quality and value.

Community Sponsors:

Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river, and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods. The city's popular logo—an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View—symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move.

Attractions—such as the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, a salute to the city's long-standing relationship with the Navy, Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the new Cruise and Celebration Center dot Norfolk's easily-walked downtown waterfront. Here, tugboats and visiting cruise ships share the waters with sailboats and merchant ships. The waterfront is also home to Town Point Park, a recently refurbished green space that houses summer festivals, fountains, walkways, and tributes to the City's naval history. Other treasures—The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoological Park—are close by.

Norfolk is home to the Port Authority, Norfolk-Southern Railway, The Virginia Symphony, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Tides baseball and the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies, and an exuberant arts and cultural community.

So join us, won't you? There's much to celebrate!

Founded in 1752, the City of Portsmouth is located in southeastern, Virginia—just across the Elizabeth River from the City of Norfolk. With over 80 miles of shoreline, including mile marker zero of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is a quaint seaport City with an inviting atmosphere highlighted by historic architecture and unique natural assets. Designated as an official Coast Guard City, Portsmouth’s southern charm, mild climate and beautiful waterfront setting, characterize it as a regional gem in the heart of Hampton Roads. 

Portsmouth is a diverse yet neighborly community, embracing both the richness of our heritage and the promise of the future in Hampton Roads. Downtown has retained its old southern charm and scale, as it has welcomed new development and revitalization. The historic waterfront downtown affords residents and visitors alike trendy shops and boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, art galleries and a range of entertainment and activities from the Farmers’ Market to First Weekend events and is home to the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the largest children’s museum in the state.

Olde Towne Portsmouth, it is a history lovers dream come true. In a single square mile, the Olde Towne Historic District chronicles 300 years of history in one of the largest collections of architecturally noteworthy homes. We invite you to see for yourself. Give us a day and we will give you a vacation.

Contributing Sponsors:

At ADP, we are committed to unlocking potential — not only in our clients and their businesses, but in our people, our communities and society as a whole. As one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing services, we have clients, associates, partners, investors, and neighbors across the globe — and have a commitment to each of them to be a conscientious corporate citizen. By virtue of what we do, we feel a particular responsibility to help develop, train and grow the workforce of the future.
Our impact on society is rooted in our mission: to power organizations with insightful solutions that drive business success. Supporting our clients’ growth enables them to invest in and positively influence their communities. During 2012, ADP associates contributed to more than 1,400 initiatives around the world to uphold our promise to be a good corporate citizen. From Illinois to India, and from youth mentoring and job training to women’s leadership initiatives, our commitment to unlocking the potential of our people, clients and communities all around the world is foundational to everything we do.


California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of creative California dishes, from signature California-style, hearth-baked pizzas to creative salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches. FREE Valet Parking when you dine with us and spend a minimum of $10. See server for details. 

Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, December 31 (days and times vary); Decker Half Moone Center.
Dickens’ Christmas Towne.  Usher in the holidays with six magical weeks of fun for the whole family.  This season, visitors will explore an elaborate outdoor maze, enjoy a special Princess and Pirate day, participate in an all-new storybook adventure, experience an Arctic Blast Snow and Ice Celebration and celebrate with a family-friendly balloon drop on New Year’s Eve!  Don’t forget to visit Father Christmas, shop for unique gifts, and dine at Wren’s Pub.  Returning will be a variety of live entertainment including Geoffrey the talking Christmas tree, puppet shows, magicians, carolers, a children’s crafts corner, an indoor train display, and even more free activities!  For more information, call (757) 664-1000 or visit dickenschristmastowne.com.



The Main is Downtown Norfolk's newest upscale hotel, dining and meeting destination. Located at the intersection of Main and Granby Streets, this luxury hotel truly embraces the downtown lifestyle.
Venture out into the vibrant streets of downtown Norfolk or stay in and sample one of The Main's eclectic on premise eateries. On the first floor, Saltine serves the freshest seafood and locally inspired cuisine. Not what you’re looking for? A modern Italian trattoria with a lavishly appointed dining room, piano bar and wine studio await you on our second floor, at Varia. Or, we’ll see you on the 5th floor, where you can sip one of almost a hundred craft beers on tap at Grain, Norfolk's only rooftop beer garden.
Whether it be for dinner, a business meeting, an overnight stay or a weekend getaway, visit Hilton Norfolk The Main. And for a limited time, you can give the gift of good taste and good times to your loved ones for the holidays. Buy a gift card, and you’ll receive a gift certificate of equal value, allowing you to treat them, and to treat you. You both deserve it. Find more details online at http://bit.ly/2zMeElQ.


Maola is more than just a brand of milk. We are a group of local dairy farmers who have owned the land, the cows, and the bottling centers for nearly 100 years. We take great pride in our work; with many of us growing up on a farm, we know just how to care for our cows to keep them happy and healthy.

Our generations of experience combined with modern farming and bottling practices allow us to protect our milk’s wholesome goodness every step of the way, from our farms to neighborhood stores.


Norfolk’s premier dining and entertainment district is a central place where you can hang out, dine and relax with your whole family. Waterside District features the best of national, regional and local restaurants and offers live music, festivals and more. Located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District is a central gathering place for local residents and visitors. 

Hospitality Sponsors:

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott is a prominent feature of the Norfolk city skyline. This luxury waterfront hotel features nearly 400 rooms, 8 suites, and 60,000 square feet of conference space, a business center, and a 24-hour fitness center. Extraordinary dining is available at Shula’s 347, offering Premium Angus Beef® burgers and steaks or enjoy a cocktail in the Piano Lounge.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel is Norfolk’s only waterfront hotel and provides stunning views of the Elizabeth River along with an exceptional hotel and meeting experience. A stay with Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel puts you right in the center of all the great things to do in Norfolk, including harbor cruises, upscale shopping, theaters and galleries.

The Courtyard Marriott Norfolk Downtown hotel near MacArthur Center Mall features a new lobby with inviting spaces, free Wi-Fi and access to the latest news, weather and local information via our GoBoard. The highlight of our new lobby is The Bistro-Eat. Drink. Connect., which provides guests with healthy food, beverages, and Starbucks(R) items during the day and evening dinner service with cocktails. Guests will be near the NorVA, Chrysler Hall, and Granby Street, known for an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Business travelers will be near Dominion Enterprises, Norfolk Southern, Sentara Norfolk, and Old Dominion University. We offer a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, 24-hour business center and boarding pass printing service to make your travel easier.

Supporting Sponsors:

Cox is connected to our community in more ways than you may realize.
Cox Communications delivers on life’s most important connections. Keeping you connected to the people and entertainment you love through TV, Internet, home phone and next generation home security and automation.
Cox Business offers leading-edge technology to help businesses of every size be more productive and efficient. Whether your business is just getting off the ground or gathering momentum, we provide communications solutions that work for your growing needs.
Cox Media simplifies advertising to connect your business with the customers that matter to you most. We’ll work with you and your business to customize a plan with advertising options that produce tangible results.
And finally, we understand the importance of serving the communities in which our employees and customers live and work. For us, philanthropy is more than a buzzword – it’s a mission and an opportunity to use our time, talent and technology in ways that strengthen our community. That’s why Cox Charities has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to deserving local nonprofits in Virginia since 2009.






In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines(NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United Statesand eight additional countries with additional Cubaservice to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, and Santa Clara beginning Dec. 15, 2016, both routes subject to governmental approvals.


Texas de Brazil - Brazilian Steakhouse is carving a new experience in dining! At Texas de Brazil, begin your meal with a visit to the enticing 50-item salad area featuring fresh salads, imported cheeses, roasted vegetables and traditional Brazilian favorites. When ready, turn your card to green and start receiving freshly-grilled cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage, all carved tableside by the restaurant's vibrant gauchos. The service is continuous, so you can dine endlessly on succulent lamb chops, filet mignon, chicken breast wrapped in bacon and much more. Texas de Brazil uses the time-honored tradition of grilling meat over charcoal, resulting in a savory aroma and smoke-kissed flavor unmatched anywhere else.

Texas de Brazil features group packages that are great for large social parties and corporate meetings alike. With so much variety, Texas de Brazil is guaranteed to please even the choosiest of guests. Call today or visit the restaurant for more information. Texas de Brazil is located in MacArthur Center and serves dinner nightly and lunch Friday through Sunday.


Balloon Sponsors:

MacArthur Center

The Real Estate Group

Slover Library

Tidewater Community College

Top Guard Security

The Virginian-Pilot

Wells Fargo

Corporate Bleachers Sponsors:

Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College

MacArthur Center


Wells Fargo Advisors

Friends of Holidays in the City:

Collins Enterprises

Greg Reck

Harbor Group

Harvey Lindsay

Southern Bank


Holidays in the City Sponsorship Opportunities:

Holidays in the City celebrates the season through a dedicated and wide-reaching 6-week campaign marketing and promoting Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth as the region’s premier destinations for holiday celebration.

The festive season kicks-off on November 18th with the illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline and the 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade.

Every year, DNC offers businesses and organizations truly unique sponsorship opportunities through Holidays in the City.

Benefit highlights include:

  • Impactful building of brand awareness
  • Associate your corporate image with a regional tradition
  • Build employee and customer morale
  • Multi-media marketing and public relations campaign
  • The DNC staff also collaborates with interested businesses and organizations to develop custom sponsorship packages that best fit with your goals and objectives.

Please contact Noel Gramlich to learn more about Holidays in the City sponsorship opportunities.